Celtics waive Guerschon Yabusele

Ross Houston
July 13, 2019

The natural tendency when a team lets go of a disappointing first-round pick is to point at all the players they missed on that were drafted after him.

The Boston Celtics will reportedly waive 2016 first-round pick Guerschon Yabusele, reducing their number of players set to earn guaranteed salaries next season to 14, one below the league maximum.

On Wednesday, the Boston Celtics made a move that was unfortunately a long time coming when they cut the #16 pick in the 2016 National Basketball Association draft. As of now, though, Boston reportedly has no plans to use its final roster spot on the 7-foot-7 fan favorite, content to retain his G-League rights in the likely event he's waived after training camp. They had taken forward Jaylen Brown with the No. 3 pick.

The Celtics owe Yabusele $3.1 million for the 2019 season.

Now the Celtics have one more roster spot to fill. He missed Tuesday's game against the Nuggets with what the team said was an injury to his pinkie finger, and after the game coach Scott Morrison indicated that he would probably miss the rest of summer league action. Otherwise, despite Yabusele's departure, it's going to be tough to make room for Fall when more experienced and skilled options are still available on the open market.

This move could open the door for Tacko Fall to grab a roster spot.

It could be more realistic that they shift Waters to the main roster and sign Fall to a two-way deal.

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